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Fresh Meat: NFL Draft Day 3 Reactions

The Draft has ended, what did we learn on day 3?

Check out Jason’s aka 2DrinkMinimum’s reactions to the players you can draft in Fantasy Football this upcoming season.

Pick

Player

Fit Grade

Value Grade

#110 Jaguars

Dede Westbrook

D

C

Reactions:  Talent wise I think it’s more than fine to take Dede at this point.  Team scheme doesn’t make sense to me.  Rashard Greene and Brain Walters have been working as the 4th WR with some special teams play.  The Jaguars must not have confidence in those guys but I still don’t see this helping your fantasy team for years to come.  One last note, this was the point in the draft that we had special announcements from fans for the teams, maybe wasn’t the smartest decision to have a mother and her two children announce this pick (Dede though never convicted he was accused of domestic abuse twice against the mother of his two children.)

#114 Redskins

Samaje Perine

B+

A

Reactions:  Grades show my love for this pick.  The only reason that the fit isn’t an A for me is that fact that “Fat” Rob Kelly and Matt Jones are still there that perform 1st and 2nd down roles as well as Chris Thompson to be the 3rd down pass catching back.  Deep breath…. Perine wins out the job before game 1 start and challenges all of the rookies in this draft for rookie RB of the year.  Look for 1200+ total yards and 8+ TDs…and exhale.  Not bad for the Redskins taking a guy at #114 overall and someone you will probably get towards the end of the first round of your rookie draft.

#117 Rams

Josh Reynolds

B+

B

Reactions:  New head coach Sean McVay is bringing in options all over the offensive side of the ball in this draft.  Josh Reynolds is 6’3” with 4.52 speed, great for a big outside receiving weapon to help lift the safeties away from stacking the box against Gurley.  Posted very solid numbers with an underperforming QB and facing SEC west defenses week in and week out.  61 catches for more than 1,000 yards and 12 TDs.  Don’t reach before the third round of dynasty drafts but anytime from that point on take your dart and aim for the Bullseye.

#118 Eagles

Mack Hollins

C-

D

Reactions:  Eagles bring in a WR this offseason, stop me if you have heard that before.  Alshon doesn’t seem like a learn from me young fella while I take you under my wing but man that could really help Mack.  Big frame at 6’4” at 221 pounds and 4.52 speed, he was uber productive with 20 TDs on only 71 career games.  Will make the Eagles team because he is great on special teams.  Is next year the year he could become fantasy relevant?  Might have to see Alshon move on.  Don’t draft before the 4th round or later in your fantasy draft.

#119 Bears

Tarik Cohen

C

D

Reactions:  Little blazer coming out of North Carolina A&T, 4.42 speed by all of 5’6” and 179 pounds soaking wet.  Just this last season Cohen was able to take 4 rushes 83 yards or more to the house for pay dirt.  Fun to watch on film but hard to feel confident that his size will hold up to NFL LBs and DL putting their helmet into him.  Third down back PPR back with upside of dancing his way to the end zone on almost any catch.  Could win you a week or two from just a play or two but I’m not going to count on it.  Bears are trying to put some fun weapons around for Mitchell to be successful.

#121 49ers

Joe Williams

B

C

Reactions:  New head coach Kyle Shannahan really wanted this guy and was able to talk new GM Lynch into this pick.  Many different off the field issues including “retiring” from football for a little bit in college, looks like it was to deal with the death of his sister (so can’t really blame the young man for that, right?)  This guy doesn’t go down at first contact and at 5’11” 210 pounds and 4.41 40 speed.  Exciting to see what Shannahan can do with Joe especially if the 49ers believe he can surpass Carlos Hyde.  Watch out for skyrocketing ADP if during the preseason, he is equaling Hyde percentage of usage.

#127 Lions

Michael Roberts

C-

D

Reactions:  Hard to trust just the one year of “real” production at University of Toledo as a Tight End.  It was a hell of a year with 16 TDs.  6”4” and 270 pounds will be the red zone target that will produce eventually, unlike the Eric Ebron project that’s been nothing but a huge disappointment, hey Lions fans?  Everyone says TEs take longer than other positions to translate in the NFL, I don’t know I believe that but in this case, it rings true.

#128 Bengals

Josh Malone

C

C+

Reactions:  Because the Red Rifle just wanted another weapon to throw to?  6’3” with 4.4 speed will be a bad insurance plan reimbursement if AJ Green isn’t ready to go or if he goes down again.  Underutilized at Tennessee but still managed 50 catches and almost 1000 yards with 11 TDs.  Shhhhh, I don’t want to tell everyone this but has as much upside as their first WR taken in this draft, when we look back at this draft in 3+ years.  Did he just say that?

#132 Eagles

Donnel Pumphrey

C-

C

Reactions:  I can take the easy way out with this one.  Do the Eagles have a type or what?  Great to learn from a similar back in Darren Sproles.  Needs to improve his hands if he is going to contribute on a consistent basis (don’t see if happening before Sproles leaves) and hasn’t been asked to perform on special teams very often in college so there could be a learning curve there.  Very similar to Tarik Cohen in what they can do, kind of wish these two guys would have switched teams because I believe Pumphrey is better than Cohen but team situation shows otherwise at least in the near future.

#133 Cowboys

Ryan Switzer

C

C-

Reactions:  Cole Beasly but better, well about the same when you look at a lot of the measurables.  I could see Switzer taking over that slot role by next year once he gets more acclimated to the team play book.  While being a slot receiver his YAC is limited.  Should help out the Cowboys this year on special teams but that’s about it unless injuries come into play.

#134 Packers

Jamaal Williams

A

A

Reactions:  Oh boy did I think Green Bay was going to draft a stud RB to turn the reigns over too.  Maybe they did in Jamaal because he is no slouch.  Makes me think the Packers really like what they saw from TY last year but this guy brings the perfect balance.  More of a downhill runner and quick to the hole, like to fall forward for extra yards, could be the TD vulture to TY Montgomery’s drives.

#135 Steelers

Josh Dobbs

D

C-

Reactions:  This one surprised me for sure.  I don’t want to hear the comparison to Dak Prescott (you know what pick he went last year…#135, hope I gave you enough time to think.)  Yes, Big Ben will probably miss a game to two this year because why, well that’s what he does.  Landry Jones is the current back up and although I don’t believe in Jones either, I find it hard to see him being passed on the depth chart.  Pass, no pun intended…well maybe.

#139 Chiefs

Jehu Chesson

C-

D-

Reactions:  Most of this guy’s production came in the last few games of the season including 207 yards and 4 TDs of his yearly numbers 764 yards and 9 scores.  That being said, he suffered a late knee injury the year before and maybe wasn’t full recovered into the end of the year, hence the late season numbers.  I wonder what Chiefs fans think of this guy?  Can he become the opposite wide out to Jeremy Maclin and allow Tyreek and Kelce to eat up the middle?

#140 Giants

Wayne Gallman

B-

C

Reactions:  If you have read the Fresh Meat articles, that started after the national Championship game, you would know I like Gallman.  So many RBs in New York makes me temper these expectations for year one.  Please don’t bring Blount in either.  Gallman is good at lots of things but great at none.  I think he can be productive with his touches this year but don’t expect him to get enough to be any more than a bye week flex fill in.  Hope I’m wrong because I can see big things coming from this guy and on the right offense to make it happen.

#141 Jets

Chad Hansen

B+

C+

Reactions:  Started at Idaho State and then the last two years at Cal.  Spread offense but 92 receptions for 1249 yards and 11 TDs this past year.  6’2” and 4.5 speed isn’t bad.  Decent ability to go get the ball with better than average hands.  Much better down the field block than I was anticipating.  If the Jets move on from Eric Decker than has been rumored this off season in the total rebuild…. could be interesting Boom games to come even this year.  A question that has been asked by myself before in these articles:  Who is throwing the ball this year for the Jets?

#143 Colts

Marlon Mack

B+

B+

Reactions:  Perfect landing spot for this RB to land.  Gets to learn the game from THE OLD MAN himself in Frank Gore.  Able to make a guy miss and get up to accelerate past them before they realize what just had happened.  Comps to Tevin Coleman are optimistic but opportunity and fituation (oh shit, did I just make up a word…let’s roll with it,) set up the theme song, “Return of The Mack” to be playing as he crosses the end zone for years to come.  Fingers crossed everything fituates together for this guy.   (Shouldn’t have done the second one.)

Round 5

#145 Broncos

Jake Butt

A

A

Reactions:  Can you tell I like this guy and his team placement?  Nothing on this roster scares me in thinking once Butt is ready to go that he won’t be starting.  When Butt is starting than Butt will be contributing.  Butt will stay on the field due his high-level blocking and receiving ability.  Don’t be afraid to wait on this Butt, because Butt will be worth it.  But don’t do it before the 3rd round of your dynasty draft and I would try to wait a little longer.  Butt.

#146 49ers

George Kittle

C+

B+

Reactions:  At 6’4” 247 pound Iowa corn fed tight end as one of the better blockers in the draft.  4.52 40 speed and good hands (only 1 drop this past year) but with Vance McDonald there who knows if either will be even fantasy streamable.  Prediction is better for the 49ers than your fantasy team.

#150 Jets

Jordan Leggett

B+

B

Reactions:  So, the third straight tight end taken off the board (from the offensive side obviously) but the most skilled with ball in his hand from those above.  Able to high point and win the ball in the air.  The Jets have been known for not using the Tight end at all or at least for fantasy purposes.  But what will probably be a young QB and a new offensive scheme…tight end could be the most consistent receiving option on this team. J-E-T-E-S, JETES, JETES, JETES! Hahahaha.

#153 Bengals

Jake Elliot K

F

F

Reactions:  I just don’t really care.  Waste of a pick unless he’s the next… nope wasted!  Moving on.

#154 Redskins

Jeremy Sprinkle

C-

C+

Reactions:  Going to try and be nice.  At least one bone head decision off the field in college.  Better than average inline blocker but if people really think that if, well when Jordan Reed misses a game that Sprinkle can find his way to the cake.  Is Tight end hand cuff a thing in fantasy?

#156 Falcons

Brain Hill

C+

D

Reactions:  Freeman owners be aware.  Or this is the Falcons way of insuring themselves of a downhill, one cut and put your head down for some extra yards’ kind of back.  6’1” 220 pounds and 4.54 40 speed and acceleration better than expected.  Coach Quinn should be happy to know this guy holds onto the rock, only 1 fumble last year with more than 350 touches total.  Dynasty pick mid to late 3rd should be the perfect spot if you can hold off trading to the Freeman owner.

#162 Bucs

Jeremy McNichols

B

C+

Reactions:  Lots of running backs in Tampa now.  McNichols puts the skills combination of all the backs into one player.  That being said, he’s doesn’t have special skills in any one area.  Only way you like this pick as a dynasty owner is that Doug Martin gets released before the season starts.  If that last sentence happens then he would be late first round pick worthy, I’ll take him middle to late second if he is still there almost every time.  Otherwise you’re playing the waiting game get your change back from McNichols, see what I did there?

#166 Eagles

Shelton Gibson

D

C

Reactions:  Another West Virginia skill player coming to Philly (Smallwood RB, last year).  5’11” 4.5 40 speed but looked faster on film that that.  So many WRs in Philly how can this guy splash through?  Maybe 3 TDs this year max, will need at least one year to be fantasy relevant.   These Mountaineers usually become more than we expected, right? (Really hope the sarcasm came through.)

#170 Vikings

Rodney Adams

C-

C-

Reactions:  Initially had this grade as Double Ds.  As I watch more film before writing this he gets bumped up to Cs, which still isn’t bad. Wait football… Hope they allow this guy to attempt to work outside of Diggs.  Could make for a decent WR 3 on this team but that would still put him behind, Diggs, Rudolph, RBs, Theilan. Well that was at least 4.6’1” with 4.4 speed and knows how to score (at South Florida he scored a TD in receiving, rushing and kickoff.)  Hey, Patterson is gone so maybe he becomes the returner?

#171 Bills

Nathan Peterman

C

C-

Reactions:  Tyrod’s successor, maybe eventually I guess if he can develop.  Starting at Tennessee but got beat out by Joshua Dobbs.  Transferred to Pitt and started his last two years.  Probably won’t be drafted in Dynasty rookie drafts but if so, don’t do it before the 4th please.

#172 Broncos

Isaish McKenzie

D

D-
Reactions: Small at 5’7” but 4.42 speed always helps.  Needs to take notes every day working behind Sanders and Thomas.  Broncos went and drafted a few WRs for the future, which will be the one to emerge first?  Not this guy but look for him to challenge for return specialist role.

#174 Falcons

Eric Saubert

D

F

Reactions:  6’5” and 253 pounds.  Hard to watch film from Drake, even the “Please forgive me” version.  Very raw and not sure his athleticism is real or just he’s better than those around him.  I thought Atlanta like Austin Hooper?  Not sure how this guy helps the Falcons but will have to wait and see.  Don’t draft list for me. 

#175 Packers

DeAngelo Yancey

D

F

Reactions:  Decent down field blocker and long speed.  Green Bay probably didn’t even have to draft this guy but wanted to make sure he came to them so noteworthy there.  Would need at least two injuries to find his way into even a bye week start.  Don’t expect anything this year and wait for Jordy to retire (don’t be his last year, please.) 

#177 49ers

Trent Taylor

D

F

Reactions:  5’8” and 4.63 speed.  I don’t get it.  Even on a lack luster 49ers receiving options, if this guy makes it then San Francisco is in worth shape than I thought.  Good luck TT, prove me wrong dude!

#179 Cardinals

T.J. Logan

C+

C+

Reactions:  5’9” just under 200 pounds but 4.37 speed.  Accelerates very quickly and will allow DJ to rest a little. Can be moved all around the field and if defenses show man, the cardinals will have many explosive options all around.  DJ owners should grab this handcuff anywhere once the 3rd round starts.

#182 Packers

Aaron Jones

B

C-

Reactions:  Smart move by the Green Bay… when you don’t draft one of the elite RBs early you grab a few later and hope one of them pops.  Different than Williams taken earlier is that Jones is he’s better in the passing game, although small at 5’9” packs a punch behind his 205-pound frame.  Maybe has a better shot at being more of a 3 down back than Williams

Round 6

#188 Jets

Elijah McGuire

B+

A

Reactions:  5’10” and 214 pounds runs a 4.5 40.  Able to contribute in both the rushing and receiving sides of the ball.  Learn from Matt Forte and even Bilal Powell this year. Wouldn’t surprise me if he found himself into a starting role by the end of the year if the Jets are sitting with 3 wins come December.  Might as well see what they have.  8.4 yards per carry lead the FBS but playing for Louisiana-Lafayette doesn’t warrant the highest level of defensive competition.  Could be the late round dart throw you are looking for come the 4th in your dynasty rookie drafts.  Possible third round as it gets closer to the actual season.

#201 Vikings

Bucky Hodges

C-

B

Reactions:  Technically a Tight end but played what looked like wide receiver in college and for real Pharreal started as a QB.  4.57 speed at 6’6” and 257 pounds but a jumbled-up pass catcher depth chart in Minnesota doesn’t help his fantasy production.  Maybe some jumbo packages near the goal line to use his frame to post up defenders and give Sam Bradford another large target.  Surprised if 4-5 TDs happen this year though.

#203 Broncos

De’Angelo Henderson

C

D

Reactions:  5’7” 208 pounds playing out of Coastal Carolina.  Will need some depth chart injuries to show his talent.  Not sure he’s ready for this level of competition.  Seems like just another guy, don’t see production coming and not worth anything other than a 5th round dart throw to probably only the broncos fan in your league.

#209 Redskins

Robert Davis

C

C+

Reactions:  Coming out of Georgia STATE, yep they have a football team too. 6’3”, 220 and 4.44 speed.  Good enough athlete to be a possession receiver but draft capital doesn’t push Davis to get opportunity. Will need some time to adjust to NFL system but hey it could happen.

#215 Lions

Brad Kaaya

C

C

Reactions:  Does Stafford really need a replacement?  Even if you believe that why Kaaya?  He did start 3 years for Miami but was kind of just ok.  Pro-style offense so that helps with the transition.  Long term hope that won’t be on my dynasty team.  Too long to wait for what I doubt I would really want anyways.

Round 7

#219 Vikings

Stacey Coley

C

D

Reactions:  6’0” and 195 pounds with 4.45 speed but I have mentioned already in the reactions article that Minnesota has plenty of pass catchers and brought plenty more in.  Good luck to Coley finding a spot to sit in the wide receiver’s room.  Possible cut candidate when final roster picks are made.  Mr. Coley, if your listening show the coaching staff some heart and practice effort…good luck.

#224 Browns

Zane Gonzalez

F

F

Reactions:  Arizona…. wait, this guy is a kicker, Damnit Cleveland!  Moving on,

#226 Seahawks

David Moore

D

F

Reactions:  6’2” and 225 is a nice frame for a wide receiver that’s going to block.  Not sure he has the hands and necessary ability to make the jump to the NFL.  East Central University Tigers, don’t @ me. Hahahaha Dynasty drafts:  Just Don’t.

#237 Dolphins

Isaiah Ford

B-

B

Reactions:  Let me hold my excitement and understand there could be slight bit of bias happening in the grades above (yes, I am a Miami Dolphins fan.)  Hey, this is my reactions anyway.  Not the fastest guy but overall good athlete and would love the comp of Tyler Boyd to be true for this late in the draft.  Rumors of Carroo and Parker being in the coach’s dog house.  Homer in me wants to grab him in the 3rd but late 4th is probably a better range.

#238 Packers

Devante Mays

D

F

Reactions:  Not one, not two but three RBs drafted by Green bay this year (spoiler alert they brought at least one more RB in from the UDFA list.)  5’11” and 230 pounds with the strength you would hope for a frame like his.  Injuries limited most of this past year.  Can’t write him off just yet because it is Green Bay which will put plenty of points of the board this year.  Doubt any have Mays stamp on them though,

#239 Cowboys

Noah Brown

B

B

Reactions:  Underutilized Buckeye but excelled in practice.  Never really translated into game flow.  6’2 and 220 pounds, if he can see the field opposite Dez, he will see single coverage and can look for the big ball. Lacks acceleration but can move past guys once up to speed.  Late round dart throw in dynasty drafts. Cowboy fans come get him in the 4th or later.

#241 Titans

Khalfani Muhammad

F

F

Reactions:  At 5’7” and 170 pounds with change in his pocket.  The 4.4 speed helps but Exotic Smashmouth will get this guy killed.  Special teamer help but that’s his ceiling.  Trying my best not to be mean.  Moving on…sorry.

#242 Raiders

Elijah Hood

C

B-

Reactions:  Love this pick for the Raiders and looking towards the future.  6’0” and 230 plus pounds will be perfect to watch BeastMode for one year…maybe two.  Good pass protector but should be with his size.  Able to lower his head and gain extra yards, good acceleration but not top end speed.  Could push Washington and Richard and leap frog Jones on the depth chart.  Might want this guy more than any of the others in Oakland, well minus Mr. Skittles.

#247 Packers

Malachi Dupre

C-

B

Reactions:  I blame LSU for not using this guy to his potential, but hey nothing wrong with turning around and handing it to Fournette 30 times a game.  Like this pick better than the Packers earlier WR pick.  Regardless will need to sit behind Jordy and Adams and Cobb and Bennett and TY and I feel like there are even more.  Look for Malachi to make his mark starting in 2018. 

#249 Seahawks

Chris Carson

D-

D-

Reactions:  How many RBs does Seattle have?  Seems like Patriots west.  (Wonder if that pissed anyone off?)  6’0” 218 pounds like to put his head down and punish between the tackles.  I’m not sure he can beat out Alex Collins so not sure what the point is?

#251 Bengals

Mason Schreck

C-

D

Reactions:  At 6’5” and 255 pounds possesses the size for a TE to make it.  Able to break plenty of tackles against smaller competition and go up to high point the ball while utilizing his size to create space from smaller defenders.  Played at Buffalo and they lined him up all over but good acceleration off the line and shows good post up target.  If Eifert gets hurt (which never happens right) could see himself onto the field.  Probably won’t need to draft this guy but keep an eye on him sitting on the waivers.

#253 Broncos

Chad Kelly

C-

C

Reactions:  Forever will be now known as Mr. Irrelevant, but at least he gets to go to Disney now.  6’2” and 225 pounds so fits NFL standards for the QB position.  Has the NFL pedigree with his uncle being Bills HOF QB Jim Kelly, but that’s where the similarities stop.  Haven’t been able to get on board watching this guy on tape.  Looks like he is nothing other than a career backup and Denver already has two QBs in front of him trying to make names for themselves.  Could Kelly come in and win the starting job? Sure, but I’m not holding my breath on that.

 

Written: Jason Soukup – Twitter: FL2drinkminimum or more often found on The Fantasy Life app @2drinkminimum in Clock Dodgers chat.

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